Football

Unlucky Lionesses- defeated in World Cup semi-final by late Japan goal

England captain Steph Houghton after losing 1-2 to Japan in World Cup semi-final. Image:@England

England captain Steph Houghton after losing 1-2 to Japan in World Cup semi-final. Image:@England

The England women’s team earned the respect of world football in Canada by matching the holders Japan throughout the match and going down to a very late goal after hitting the woodwork three times.

The first half was a story of two penalties.

A Claire Rafferty foul after 30 minutes gave Japan the advantage with a penalty Aya Miyami efficiently converted.

But England countered with an attack that earned the Lionesses a penalty at the other end of the pitch.

Fara Williams produced a clean strike to the right of the goalkeeper.

It was 1-1 at half time in Edmonton.

In the second half England headers and shots at goal rattled the woodwork.

Toni Duggin was so close on 63 minutes.

But it was a cruel later winner for Japan on 90 minutes when a Laura Bassett own goal put the holders into the final.

England will play Germany to fight for third place.

Their performance in this year’s World Cup has substantially raised the profile of women’s professional soccer.

This is the narrative of the match from @England’s Twitter feed.


























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